The latest project from these quintessential pop-grungers carries boatloads of baggage, thanks to singer Scott Weiland's much-publicized move to the Big House. Indeed, several songs, such as the dirgelike "Atlanta," which deals with the troubled vocalist's relationship with his wife, percolate deeply with anomie and pain. But who listens to a Stone Temple Pilots album for emotional intensity? A new STP album tends to be, plain and simple, a mad hookfest, and NO. 4 is no exception. STP have always been a bit derivative, but that's part of the appeal. It's fun to play "spot the influence" on cuts like "Church on Tuesday" and "Sour Girl," both of which proudly work a Beatles mojo, while "Sex and Violence" delivers a Buzzcocks-style carnal rave-up and "MC5" gives props to the infamous '60s proto-sludge-punks. Still, even when cribbing from the history books, STP distinguish themselves as riff-master generals in their own right. Whether or not there's a massive hit single looming within this whirling dervish, the beefy guitar figures that dominate the album -- as on the piledriving opener "Down" and the fluid "Pruno" -- more than compensate. And, all told, NO. 4 is a surprisingly solid, solidly rocking statement from a band working to keep itself together against insurmountable odds.
Performance CreditsStone Temple Pilots Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Dean DeLeo Acoustic Guitar,6-string bass,Lap Steel Guitar
Robert DeLeo Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Zither,Fuzz Bass
Joel Derouin Concert Master
Peter Kent Violin
Eric Kretz Percussion,Drums
Barrett Martin Marimbas
Brendan O'Brien Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Scott Weiland Organ,Vocals
Evan Wilson Viola
Suzie Katayama Cello
Gerry Hilera Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical CreditsStone Temple Pilots Art Direction,Art Conception
David Campbell String Arrangements
Robert DeLeo Composer
Nick DiDia Engineer
Russ Fowler Engineer
Brendan O'Brien Producer
Allen Sides Engineer
Scott Weiland Composer
Richard Bates Art Direction
Ryan Williams Engineer
Dave Reed Engineer
Andrea Brooks Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
No. 4 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
If you're an STP fan, you won't be disappointed. If you aren't an STP fan, you will be after you listen to this CD! I didn't realize how badly I needed an STP fix -- now I'm drunk on it and loving it!
Before anyone thinks I will diss this CD, HEAR ME OUT FIRST. A lot of people think this is their best CD, but I think they have two others that rank higher and no it's not "Core"! What this cd has that others lack is the crunch that was most evident on "Core". Still this batch of songs has some real surprises. For me it's songs like the underrated "Glide" and the vastly overlooked oddity "Atlanta" that make this CD one of their better ones. "Sour Girl" ia also a fave, with it's goth like verses and Beatles like chorus. This song illustrates what I have always said. This band was never a Pearl Jam clone. They were a bridge from classic sixties bands such as Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and the Doors to name a few. To the more melodical Grunge bands. That bridge they built is what will keep their CD's popular long after other bands of their generation have disappeared.
Who would have ever thought that STP could actually pull it off? After Scott Weiland's continuous drug problems that kept him in and out of jail and rehab, the band was able to come back with something absolutely fresh. No. 4 is a whole new sound for STP. Core and Purple were great albums, but the band really innovated to create this work. Tracks such as Sour Girl give a hint of a Led Zeppelin influence. All of the other songs provides something new for any STP fan. Great comeback Weiland.